Synonyms for (noun) work

Synonyms: work

Definition: activity directed toward making or doing something

Usage: she checked several points needing further work

Similar words: activity

Definition: any specific behavior

Usage: they avoided all recreational activity


Synonyms: work, employment

Definition: the occupation for which you are paid

Usage: he is looking for employment; a lot of people are out of work

Similar words: business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Definition: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

Usage: he's not in my line of business


Synonyms: oeuvre, body of work, work

Definition: the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)

Usage: he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre; Picasso's work can be divided into periods

Similar words: end product, output

Definition: final product; the things produced


Synonyms: work, piece of work

Definition: a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing

Usage: it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works; the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work; he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey; the work of an active imagination; erosion is the work of wind or water over time

Similar words: product, production

Definition: an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

Usage: they improve their product every year; they export most of their agricultural production


Synonyms: work, workplace

Definition: a place where work is done

Usage: he arrived at work early today

Similar words: geographic point, geographical point

Definition: a point on the surface of the Earth


Synonyms: work, study

Definition: applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)

Usage: mastering a second language requires a lot of work; no schools offer graduate study in interior design

Similar words: learning, acquisition

Definition: the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

Usage: the child's acquisition of language


Synonyms: work

Definition: (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force

Usage: work equals force times distance

Similar words: energy, free energy

Definition: (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs

Usage: energy can take a wide variety of forms

Synonyms for (verb) work

Synonyms: exercise, work, work out

Definition: give a workout to

Usage: Some parents exercise their infants; My personal trainer works me hard; work one's muscles; this puzzle will exercise your mind

Similar words: put to work, work

Definition: cause to work

Usage: he is working his servants hard


Synonyms: work

Definition: arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

Usage: The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times

Similar words: become, go, get

Definition: enter or assume a certain state or condition

Usage: He became annoyed when he heard the bad news; It must be getting more serious; her face went red with anger; She went into ecstasy; Get going!


Synonyms: ferment, work, sour, turn

Definition: go sour or spoil

Usage: The milk has soured; The wine worked; The cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Similar words: turn, change state

Definition: undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

Usage: We turned from Socialism to Capitalism; The people turned against the President when he stole the election


Synonyms: ferment, work

Definition: cause to undergo fermentation

Usage: We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content; The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Similar words: convert

Definition: change the nature, purpose, or function of something

Usage: convert lead into gold; convert hotels into jails; convert slaves to laborers


Synonyms: puzzle out, figure out, lick, work, work out, solve

Definition: find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Usage: did you solve the problem?; Work out your problems with the boss; this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out; did you get it?; Did you get my meaning?; He could not work the math problem

Similar words: understand

Definition: know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

Usage: She did not understand her husband; I understand what she means


Synonyms: work, exploit

Definition: use or manipulate to one's advantage

Usage: He exploit the new taxation system; She knows how to work the system; he works his parents for sympathy

Similar words: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply

Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

Usage: use your head!; we only use Spanish at home; I can't use this tool; Apply a magnetic field here; This thinking was applied to many projects; How do you utilize this tool?; I apply this rule to get good results; use the plastic bags to store the food; He doesn't know how to use a computer


Synonyms: knead, work

Definition: make uniform

Usage: knead dough; work the clay until it is soft

Similar words: manipulate

Definition: hold something in one's hands and move it


Synonyms: work

Definition: move into or onto

Usage: work the raisins into the dough; the student worked a few jokes into his presentation; work the body onto the flatbed truck

Similar words: displace, move

Definition: cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Usage: Move those boxes into the corner, please; I'm moving my money to another bank; The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant


Synonyms: work, wreak, make for, play, bring

Definition: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

Usage: I cannot work a miracle; wreak havoc; bring comments; play a joke; The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Similar words: make, create

Definition: make or cause to be or to become

Usage: make a mess in one's office; create a furor


Synonyms: forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

Definition: make something, usually for a specific function

Usage: She molded the rice balls carefully; Form cylinders from the dough; shape a figure; Work the metal into a sword

Similar words: create from raw material, create from raw stuff

Definition: make from scratch


Synonyms: process, work, work on

Definition: shape, form, or improve a material

Usage: work stone into tools; process iron; work the metal

Similar words: transform, transmute, transubstantiate

Definition: change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

Usage: This experience transformed her completely; She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture; transubstantiate one element into another


Synonyms: work, cultivate, crop

Definition: prepare for crops

Usage: Work the soil; cultivate the land

Similar words: set, set up, gear up, fix, prepare, ready

Definition: make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

Usage: Get the children ready for school!; prepare for war; I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill


Synonyms: work

Definition: gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

Usage: the political candidate worked the crowds

Similar words: charm, captivate, capture, catch, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, beguile, bewitch, becharm, trance

Definition: attract; cause to be enamored

Usage: She captured all the men's hearts


Synonyms: work

Definition: move in an agitated manner

Usage: His fingers worked with tension

Similar words: displace, move

Definition: cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Usage: Move those boxes into the corner, please; I'm moving my money to another bank; The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant


Synonyms: make, work

Definition: proceed along a path

Usage: work one's way through the crowd; make one's way into the forest

Similar words: go across, go through, pass

Definition: go across or through

Usage: We passed the point where the police car had parked; A terrible thought went through his mind


Synonyms: work

Definition: provoke or excite

Usage: The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy

Similar words: stimulate, stir, excite

Definition: stir feelings in

Usage: stimulate my appetite; excite the audience; stir emotions


Synonyms: work

Definition: proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity

Usage: work your way through every problem or task; She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived; Start from the bottom and work towards the top

Similar words: proceed, move, go

Definition: follow a procedure or take a course

Usage: We should go farther in this matter; She went through a lot of trouble; go about the world in a certain manner; Messages must go through diplomatic channels


Synonyms: put to work, work

Definition: cause to work

Usage: he is working his servants hard

Similar words: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply

Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

Usage: use your head!; we only use Spanish at home; I can't use this tool; Apply a magnetic field here; This thinking was applied to many projects; How do you utilize this tool?; I apply this rule to get good results; use the plastic bags to store the food; He doesn't know how to use a computer


Synonyms: work

Definition: cause to operate or function

Usage: This pilot works the controls; Can you work an electric drill?

Similar words: deal, handle, manage, care

Definition: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

Usage: I can deal with this crew of workers; This blender can't handle nuts; She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old


Synonyms: work

Definition: operate in or through

Usage: Work the phones

Similar words: operate, run

Definition: direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

Usage: She is running a relief operation in the Sudan


Synonyms: work, act

Definition: have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

Usage: The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought; How does your idea work in practice?; This method doesn't work; The breaks of my new car act quickly; The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water

Similar words: win, succeed, bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods

Definition: attain success or reach a desired goal

Usage: The enterprise succeeded; We succeeded in getting tickets to the show; she struggled to overcome her handicap and won


Synonyms: act upon, work, influence

Definition: have and exert influence or effect

Usage: The artist's work influenced the young painter; She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Similar words: touch, touch on, impact, affect, bear on, bear upon

Definition: have an effect upon

Usage: Will the new rules affect me?


Synonyms: work

Definition: operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

Usage: She works the night clubs; The salesman works the Midwest; This artist works mostly in acrylics

Similar words: work

Definition: exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

Usage: I will work hard to improve my grades; she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor


Synonyms: work

Definition: behave in a certain way when handled

Usage: This dough does not work easily; The soft metal works well

Similar words: be

Definition: have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

Usage: John is rich; This is not a good answer